Stuart Reeves, Ph.D., director of research and development for Embria Health Sciences, will present information on the company’s clinically proven immune health ingredient EpiCor as part of the Ingredient Idol competition at the Nutracon scientific conference at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel. On Thursday, March 10 from 2 to 3 p.m. EpiCor will be considered for the title of Digestive Health & Immunity Ingredient Idol based on Dr. Reeves’ conveyance of EpiCor’s scientific validity, market acceptance and credibility. A panel of pharmacology and nutrition experts, including Anthony Almada, Jerry Cott, Ph.D. and Gretchen Vannice, will guide discussion and ask relevant questions. Winners will be judged by attending audience members.
"The gut is extremely important for proper immune health, as GALT (Gut-Associated Lymphoid Tissue) comprises a large part of the immune system," states Dr. Reeves. "We look forward to presenting recent research on EpiCor that suggests its immune and prebiotic effects are complementary and help improve gut health."
EpiCor was studied in a prebiotic screening in vitro model that tested for prebiotic effects, the relative amounts of SCFA (Short Chain Fatty Acid) levels and changes in populations of Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli. Results show that EpiCor appears to support gut health through a variety of mechanisms.
About Embria Health Sciences and EpiCor
Embria Health Sciences combines science and nature to bring high-quality, research-based natural ingredients to the global human nutrition market. Embria’s flagship ingredient, EpiCor®, is an all-natural product that helps the body balance the immune system and is manufactured using a proprietary technology. EpiCor contains protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants and other metabolites that deliver nutritional benefits and support immune health. Clinical studies have found EpiCor’s immune-balancing properties provide year-round support by helping the body boost or suppress immune response as needed. In 2010, EpiCor was the first immune health ingredient to receive the SupplySide West Scientific Excellence Award, in recognition of the compelling clinical studies published in peer-reviewed publications such as the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Advances in Therapy and Urologic Nursing.
Nutracon is the premier education and networking conference for the health and nutrition industry. The conference provides relevant insights for innovation based on science and technology, case studies and market intelligence. Attendees gain an understanding of the impact of “next generation” ingredients, emerging markets, consumer trend data and regulatory constraints. Nutracon, being held March 9 & 10, 2011 at the Hilton Anaheim, is co-located with SupplyExpo and Natural Products Expo West.